Jamie Carrier  

Isle of Arran by Jamie Carrier

June 2020 - Isle of Arran

June 2020 - Jamie Carrier


About the Image(s)

Last summer we went to Scotland. We stayed on the Isle of Arran a few nights. We watched a storm coming. There was a line of sail boats that I liked. During this time of staying at home I took the opportunity of going through photos. I found this and while the original is blueish, I decided to work with it. I removed the water spot to begin with and then decided it was a B and W photo. I left the large expanse of water to show the distance from shore and also didn't want the boats in the middle. What do you think? I also liked the one motorized boat among the sail boats.

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8 comments posted

Anne Nettles   Anne Nettles
Hi Jamie! I think your choice of black and white works well here. I love the cloud drama. The exposure looks good and the boats are quite sharp. Have you thought about making it a panorama? You could trim off more on the bottom, I think this image could work well in that format. I do understand what you are saying leaving that much water. I just think it could also be interesting cropped, creating a low horizon line in a pano format. I like this image. Nice job!   Posted: 06/07/2020 13:58:17

Julie Deer   Julie Deer
Hi Jamie, I really like the mono treatment of this image. The sky is really dramatic too. I agree with Anne, that it would be interesting to see this as a panorama with some of the water at the bottom removed. I would take out about 2/3 of the water. I think this would show that wonderful sky a bit better and bring the boats to us a bit more. A great image!   Posted: 06/08/2020 06:02:47

Jamie Carrier   Jamie Carrier
Thank you Anne and Julie. I had a different scene in my mind and I understand your thinking. I like both! Thank you for opening my mind!!   Posted: 06/08/2020 06:15:19

Alison McMahan   Alison McMahan
Dear Jamie,
B&W definitiely the right choice here!
To take the greatest advantage of it, some additional contrast to sky only, highlighting whites and darkening blacks, would help.
If you darkened the blacks on the water too then you would have the threatening dark strip at the top of the frame and the darker water at the bottom for symmetry.
I find having the horizon line almost centered across the picture to be off-putting. I think that's why people are suggesting you crop the water. I can see why no one suggests cropping the sky-because then you would lose that dark strip of cloud. I think a slight crop of the water to put the horizon further off center would be an improvement. You could then re-add the dark shadows on the water with a vignette filter or similar. It wouldn't take much of a crop, you would still have the effect of an expanse of water.
If the centered horizon line doesn't bother you, the just some work on contrast is what I would suggest.   Posted: 06/13/2020 08:41:50
Jamie Carrier   Jamie Carrier
Thanks Allison! Always good to hear other's views and opens my mind to something I overlooked!   Posted: 06/13/2020 08:44:28

Henry Roberts   Henry Roberts
Jamie, this does come out well in black and white.

As another way of looking at this, I would try cropping out most of the foreground water (which is not what you wanted to do) and maybe crop out some of the dark sky.

The comments above have some merit.
  Posted: 06/15/2020 11:04:21

Andrew Hersom   Andrew Hersom
Nice scene and works better in black and white. Perhaps needs a bit more contrast. I would be tempted to do a massive crop (nearly half) off the bottom. It would be a "letter-box" format but I think would work better.   Posted: 06/25/2020 09:31:14

Catherine Honigsberg   Catherine Honigsberg
I agree I would try more contrast. I also like the idea of cropping the bottom or make the horizon dead center...   Posted: 06/25/2020 15:44:57